House lawyers under the direction of Speaker John Boehner will not consent to a video recording of a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that bars federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

On Friday, House general counsel Kerry Kircher notified a federal court in California that the House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) “prefers not to participate in this district's pilot project permitting video recording of courtroom proceedings,” gay weekly Metro Weekly reported.

Earlier, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White announced that the proceedings won't be recorded unless all parties agree.

Karen Golinski, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lawyer, sued the government after her employer denied health insurance coverage to her wife, Amy Cunninghis. The U.S. Office of Personnel (OPM) argues that DOMA blocks such benefits.

Boehner appointed and led a committee that instructed House counsel to defend the law in court after the Obama administration announced it would no longer do so. The president has said he believes the law that bans federal recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.

In July, the Justice Department sided with Golinski. In its 31-page filing, the agency argued that sexual orientation is an “immutable characteristic” and that DOMA serves no legitimate policy interest.